How to start a raised-bed veggie garden

New gardener Reed Davis chronicles each step, misstep, and big juicy victory as he turns a small patch of soil into a bountiful vegetable garden

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Step 5 (summer): Harvest
Photo by Reed Davis

Step 5 (summer): Harvest

Wow. My basils are bushy, the beans are ripening, and tomatoes are turning red. I’m getting more produce from this modest little garden than I ever expected. Bushels of beans, enough cucumbers to pickle up a mess, and an enviable abundance (around 200 pounds-worth) of tomatoes--enough to whip up a different tomato dish every night.

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